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Page2E Sunday,October18,2015 DemocratandChronicle. com Balancing work and life It seems that I am far busier than my parents ever where. As a society we just keep adding more and more demands on ourselves. There are a few things we can do to slow down and have a little more balance in our lives. First take moment each day or week to prioritize what is the most important things to get done. Make a list of those things, with dates or times of when this item needs to be done. This will help you to plan your week out to maximize your productivity. I know that sounds counter productive to what we are talking about. But if you can sched- u le your tasks and not wait to the last minute to meet a deadline, which in turn stresses you out. You can get ahead of the project and know that you can relax. You will also be able to concentrate on one task at a time, again helping to reduce your stress level. Second, when you have this list made, look at the item you least want to d o. Tackle that one first if possible, this will relieve some stress. You wont be thinking about this all day, d reading it, instead you will feel a sense of relief. Look at what is being asked of you on a daily basis, can you start to delegate some steps? Delegation is not asign of weakness, but a sign of a strong person who k nows their value. How is your time best spent? Perhaps paying a courier service to run those mechanical plans across town is worth the fee, as you can now take the time to work on that next clients project. Now if you are a sales person, perhaps your time is better s pent delivering the plans so you may get in front of t he client to discuss things. For you perhaps it would be better to pay someone to make the copies. The point is to look at your business and see what unnecessary steps you can remove. Along this same line of thinking, are you saying y es, too much. Do the people in your office know they c an hand off their project to you, because you have a hard time saying no? Try saying no just a few times, and ask yourself at the end of the day, how much of your work you finished. You don't always have to say no, but look at your own calendar and ask yourself, if I h elp, will I be behind. S et boundaries for yourself, between certain hours you don't do any work. Perhaps this is when you get home, or during your lunch hour, don't do work. This can be difficult at first, but you can fill this time with fun activities, take a walk to clear your mind. Read a g ood book, or magazine. Work on a hobby you are interested in. Anything that brings you joy is a good thing. Be strict with yourself, there is always something that will come up. You need to stay strong and remember that if you exhaust yourself nothing will get done. S et up a "support group", this could be a few friends you can call on who help you de-stress. Perhaps you guys meet once a week for drinks or dinner. This could be your time to vent to them about something happen- i ng, sometimes just getting it off your chest is helpful. They say laughter is the best medicine. We are not machines, we can not run 24 hours a day. W hile the demands to work more, achieve more will always be there. You have to take care of you first. Try afew of these tips to see which works best for you. Just like anything, change takes time. Don't give up after the first week if you didn't succeed. A habit becomes routine after a few weeks. You want to get into the routine of relaxing. A ngella Luyk is CEO of One Step Janitorial. Success brings success Have you ever wished you had a job where you got paid to travel? Or to write restaurant reviews? Or test the latest gadget that comes out of Silicon Valley? You m ight be able to do that, without quitting your day job. And it might be easier than you think. I’m talking about being a speaker or presenter at a conference or t rade show. There are two web sites that I’ll put out here now: l anyrd.com (a play on the word “lanyard,” which is that dopey name tag rope thing you wear around your neck at the confer- e nce) and calltospeakers.com. Both sites also have Twitter feeds you can follow for additional information. Both s ites allow you to register and create profiles of things that you are interest- e d in, follow people you want to see speak, and even show where you have spoken in the past (or will be in the future). These are just stepping stones, though. There are a lot of conferences and special interest groups and trade shows looking for speakers. You can be one. Take a look at what speakers have said in the past at t he conference you are interested in. Look at the videos of previous talks and check out slideshare.net for public versions of the presentations people have given in the past. Take all of this and try to find a new angle to present something that you know something about. Eric Loyd blogs on how to run your business your way, at your speed, in your key. Follow @EricLoyd and @Bitnetix or visit ericloyd.com. Next Blogs Voices from the innovation community GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO Angella Luyk Eric Loyd The Susan B. Anthony neighborhood on the west side of the city is currently undergoing a renaissance. A new version of Café 1872 opened, offering Speedy Slice and Donuts Delite, and the housing in the area continues to be upgraded. A nother business moving into the area is Ambit ious Styles. Owner Tymisha Williams reopened her h air salon in a new location at 625 W. Main St. Ambit ious Styles specializes in haircuts, colors and hair extensions. It is known for hair enhancements such as weaves, braids, custom wigs, and design cuts for both men and women. The salon also offers semi- permanent eyelash extensions. Williams graduated from Continental School of Beauty in 2003 and opened her shop in 2006. She is inspired by Madam C.J. Walker,who died in 1919. Madam Walker was a pioneer of the modern black hair-care and cosmetics industry and set standards in the African-American community for corporate and community giving. A frame with her picture on it was presented to Ms. Williams at the grand opening to provide inspiration for her new venture. F ashion Boutique Crawl Fashion Week is upon us in Rochester. Sunday is the annual Boutique Crawl, in which area boutiques in Rochester, Brighton and Pittsford roll out the red carpet for fashionistas. On this Boutique Crawl this year is the new Chandeliers Boutique.The store was previously downstairs at 15 S. Main St. in Pittsford. It is now at 1S. Main St. at the corner of Main and State, previously T ess and Carlos. The store is now three times the former size. S ome other participating boutiques include Panache Vintage and Finer Consignments in Brighton, All About Eve in Pittsford and MAE Beads in Rochester. C ranberry Creek Areader wrote in to tell me about a new restaurant called Cranberry Creek that just opened in Ontario, Wayne County, on Route 104 past the Monroe County border. Since I was on my way to Pultney- v ille for a party, I thought I’d check it out, but alas, it w as open only for breakfast and lunch. It is a family- style restaurant and dinner service will be added according to the sign. Hope to try it the next time I’m out that way. Record Anniversary C ongratulations to Record Archive owners Dick S torms and Alayna Alderman on its 40th anniversary this week. Retail is a tough business and 40 years is a true milestone. The funky record and everything shop is at 33 1/2 Rockwood Place in Rochester, off East Avenue. Not o nly will you find vinyls, you’ll find all kinds of e clectic stuff. The back room is decorated in a T. Rex meets Velvet Elvis style, a great gathering spot for concerts. Records are experiencing a comeback. My teen daughter is now buying albums that I once threw o ut in favor of CDs at garage sales and Record Archive. What was the first record album you purchased? M ine was Fleetwood Mac Rumours, followed by Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon and Foreigner. Then I caught a bit of Saturday Night Fever and bought the original movie soundtrack before realizing you can’t mix disco with rock. You were either in the rock camp or disco — no middle ground. So out went the Bee Gees and in came The Who Who Are You and the classic Pink Floyd The Wall double alb um. Now that I’m older and wiser, I can go to Record A rchive and buy the disco albums deemed uncool for the rock crowd without shame. MacArthur Park anyone? Mary Chao is the Marketplace reporter at Demo- c rat and Chronicle Media Group. Do you know about abusiness that’s opening or closing? Email mchao@DemocratandChronicle.com Comings & Goings By Mary Chao New hair salon opens in Susan B.Anthony area PROVIDED PHOTO Tymisha Williams re-opened Ambitious Style hair salon. MARY CHAO New Cranberry Creek in Wayne County. Mary Chao is the Marketplace reporter at Demo- c rat and Chronicle Media Group. Do you know about a business that’s opening or clos- i ng? Email mchao @Demcratand Chronicle.com. There’s a lot of money to be made as a truck driver, depending on the way you want to spend your days and n ights. “ Everything is based on customer service and how hard you want to go and how long you want to be gone,” s aid Tim Capuano, who has worked for Rochester’s R HHarding Trucking Co. for 20 years. “You never call it ajob. It’s a lifestyle.” D emand for goods will increase as the economy grows, and that will require more truck drivers to keep supply chains moving. In the Finger Lakes region, job o pportunities for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers are projected to grow 6.7 percent between 2010 and 2020, with 120 annual openings, according to the New Y ork State Department of Labor. For the most part, Capuano, 46, transports vehicles for between five and seven regional dealerships at any one time. He delivers an average load of nine or 10 vehicles to and from auctions in Waverly, in Tioga County near the Pennsylvania border, and Syracuse. When h e’s needed, he also transports automobiles back and f orth between Rochester and Florida for snowbirds. I n addition to holding a Class A commercial driver’s l icense, Capuano has an air brake endorsement t hrough New York State and must pass a physical and a drug test every two years to be recertified through the N ew York State Department of Transportation. W hen he started out he was generally away from home six days a week. Now he makes it back home in P erinton to his wife and 12-year-old twin sons every night, though typically at a late hour, with the exception of Thursdays when he drives down to Waverly. He s pends travel time in the truck on the phone with deal- e rs or catching up on the news. T he job helps Capuano stay physically fit. He drives a nd chains each vehicle onto the trailer, which can get tricky depending on the weather, particularly when d ealing with snow-covered trailers and icy conditions. “ It gets pretty rough in the wintertime,” he said, “ but you get through it.” Robin L. Flanigan is a Rochester-area freelance w riter. Hot Jobs Driver says work is his lifestyle, not just a job PROFESSIONAL TRUCK DRIVER The job: Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers transport g oods from one location to another. Most tractor-trailer drivers are long-haul drivers and operate trucks whose g ross vehicle weight (GVW) capacity — that is, the combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, and cargo — e xceeds 26,000 pounds. These drivers deliver goods over i ntercity routes, sometimes spanning several states. The pay: The median annual pay for heavy and tractor- trailer truck drivers was $38,200 in May 2012. The prospects: Employment of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers in the Finger Lakes region are expected to grow 6.7 percent between 2010 and 2020, with 120 annual o penings. T he preparation: Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers usually have a high school diploma and attend a professional truck-driving school. They must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Sources: New York State Department of Labor, U.S. Depart- m ent of Labor MIKE BRADLEY Tim Capuano of Penfield has been driving trucks for R H Harding Trucking Co. in Rochester for 20 years. ROBIN L. 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